The Constitution and Presidential Warmaking: The Enduring Debate
David Gray Adler examines the debate surrounding the critical constitutional issue of the power to decide on war. He argues that the evidence indisputably shows that the drafters of the Constitution vested the authority to initiate hostilities, short of and including war, solely and exclusively in Congress and gave the president only the power to repel invasions.
The In-and-Outer System: A Critical Assessment
Hugh Heclo discusses the "in-and-outer" system of staffing top political posts in the executive branch. He contends that reforms are needed to prevent an, on the whole, worthwhile system from producing perverse results.
The Unlearned Lessons of Counterinsurgency
D. Michael Shafer highlights the assumptions underlying American counterinsurgency policy. He argues that they lead policy makers to misunderstand the sources of insurgency, to underestimate the constraints on Third World leaders' willingness and capacity to make the reforms required to defeat it, and to overestimate the United States' role as a partner in their efforts.
Clausewitz and Nuclear Crisis Stability
Richard Ned Lebow looks at Carl von Clausewitz's classic study On War for an analytical framework that identifies the kinds of problems that could impede the resolution of a future superpower crisis: civilian-military conflict, emotional arousal, and political sabotage. He goes on to analyze their implications for contemporary crisis management and what, if anything, can be done to minimize their disruptive effects.
Political Legitimacy and Crisis in Poland
William P. Avery argues that a crisis of legitimacy has marked Polish politics since World War II, as a result of several important contradictions between the values of the state and those reflected in the culture and traditions of the mass public.
Foreign Investments in Less Developed Regions
John R. Oneal analyzes the foreign investments of British capitalists in the decades before World War I as well as of the US. multinationals today. Considering the distribution of capital placed abroad and its profitability, he finds little support for the socialist theory of imperialism first advanced by Hobson and Lenin.
Strategy: The Logic of War and Peace, Edward N. Luttwak Reviewed by Manfred Halpern
Watershed in Europe: Dismantling the East-West Military Confrontation, Jonathan Dean Reviewed by Edward Rhodes
Presidential Transitions: Eisenhower through Reagan, Carl M. Brauer Reviewed by Roger B. Porter
Congress and the Nuclear Freeze: An Inside Look at the Politics of a Mass Movement, Douglas C. Waller Reviewed by Francis E. Rourke
Stemming the Tide: Arms Control in the Johnson Years, Glenn T. Seaborg and Benjamin S. Loeb Reviewed by Lincoln P. Bloomfield
The White House and Capitol Hill: The Politics of Presidential Persuasion, Nigel Bowles Reviewed by L. Sandy Maisel
Racial Formation in the United States from the 1960s to the 1980s, Michael Omi and Howard Winant Reviewed by Charles V. Hamilton
The New Black Middle Class, Bart Landry Reviewed by Adolph L. Reed, Jr.
International Peacekeeping in Lebanon: United Nations Authority and Multinational Force, Ramesh Thakur Reviewed by George L. Sherry
Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985, Samuel P. Hays Reviewed by John S. Dryzek
Running in Place: Inside the Senate, James A. Miller ;
The U.S. Senate: Paralysis or a Search for Consensus, George E. Reedy Reviewed by Joseph Cooper
Homeward Bound: Explaining Changes in Congressional Behavior, Glenn R. Parker Reviewed by Aage R. Clausen
Reagan and the Cities, George E. Peterson and Carol W. Lewis Reviewed by Richard P. Nathan
Higher Learning, Derek Bok Reviewed by Ellen Futter
Taking Reform Seriously: Perspectives on Public Interest Liberalism, Michael W. McCann Reviewed by J. David Greenstone
The Establishment Clause: Religion and the First Amendment, Leonard W. Levy Reviewed by James Magee
The Case against the Constitution: From Federalists to the Present, John F. Manley and Kenneth M. Dolbeare Reviewed by Frank J. Macchiarola
Politics and Vision: The ADA and American Liberalism, 1947-1985, Steven M. Gillon Reviewed by James L. Sundquist
The Chinese Army after Mao, Ellis Joffe Reviewed by ANDREW J. NATHAN
Development Strategies and the Status of Women: A Comparative Study of the United States, Mexico, the Soviet Union and Cuba, Margaret E. Leahy Reviewed by Lourdes Beneria
Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the 1950s, Richard A. Melanson and David Mayers Reviewed by H. W. Brands, Jr.
Politics and Society in the South, Earl Black and Merle Black Reviewed by Alexander Heard
Why Presidents Succeed: A Political Psychology of Leadership, Dean Keith Simonton Reviewed by Barbara Kellerman
Controlling Bureaucracies: Dilemmas in Democratic Governance, Judith Gruber Reviewed by Robert T. Nakamura
Crisis and Leviathan: Critical Episodes in the Growth of American Government, Robert Higgs Reviewed by R. J. Saulnier
Still the Golden Door: The Third World Comes to America, David M. Reimers Reviewed by Lewis A. Coser
Will the Non-Russians Rebel? State, Ethnicity, and Stability in the USSR, Alexander J. Motyl Reviewed by Gary L. Guertner
Voters Begin to Choose: From Closed-Class to Open Elections in Britain, Richard Rose and Ian McAllister Reviewed by Leon D. Epstein
From Potsdam to Poland: American Policy toward Eastern Europe, Stephen A. Garrett Reviewed by Piotr S. Wandycz
First World Nationalisms: Class and Ethnic Politics in Northern Ireland and Quebec, Katherine O'Sullivan See Reviewed by John L. P. Thompson
Political Parties in Local Areas, William Crotty Reviewed by M. Margaret Conway